The government have released more information on the energy efficiency grants that are intended to stimulate the economy and boost energy efficiency in housing stock. As we mentioned last month, landlords are eligible under the scheme for a contribution of up to £5000 towards approved work – Any landlord with a current EPC rating below C really should seriously consider making the most of this opportunity or face being hit in the pocket later.
Announced on 9th July by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, the £2 billion scheme will fund up to two-thirds of the cost of home improvements for some 600,000 properties with a cap of £5,000.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has now revealed how the scheme will work, and what sort of improvements are included within it.
Tradespeople must register for TrustMark accreditation to take part in the scheme. TrustMark is the government-endorsed quality scheme covering work a consumer chooses to have carried out on their home. Households will be able to choose from approved tradespeople in their areas to carry out the work, but only approved and accredited installers will be able to be commissioned, ensuring high standards and consumer protection.
The Green Homes Grants will give homeowners, including owner occupiers and social/private landlords, vouchers to install one or more of the following:
• Solid wall, underfloor, cavity wall or roof insulation
• Air source or ground source heat pump
• Solar thermal
In addition, households can use the remainder of their voucher, up to the value of the spend, on the primary measure/s, for further secondary energy-saving measures:
• Double or triple glazing/secondary glazing, when replacing single glazing
• Upgrading to energy efficient doors
• Hot water tank/appliance tank thermostats/heating controls
Later this month, homeowners across England will be able to access advice and support on improving the energy efficiency of their homes from the Simple Energy Advice (SEA) service. SEA will suggest appropriate home improvements that homeowners may be able to apply for support in funding. Once the works are agreed, vouchers will be issued from the end of September.
As previously mentioned this is part of an energy efficiency drive to improve the energy efficiency of housing stock. Heating buildings accounts for almost a fifth of UK greenhouse gas emissions and reducing carbon dioxide from homes will be essential to reaching net zero by 2050. It’s these efficiency targets that will see the minimum standards in rental properties rise over the next 15 years from E up to C.